Samstag, 20. Dezember 2014

Mos Eisley Music's 2014 in Rock


Browse Through some great rock oriented records that were posted on this blog this year. There is no intention behind the particular order in which the albums are listed. If you don't feel like reading just scroll down and listen to the complimentary Youtube Playlist.




Headquake - Into The Spiral


Drawing influence from a number of bands like Kyuss or Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Headquake seems to develop their individual sound by using only certain elements and transforming them into something new. Like the use of heavy riffs with a floating rhythmic character in "Spiral" or the uptempo grooves in "All Life Long" that showcase a serious stoner attitude. Though you might find some very nice and fast rocking tracks on this one like "Evil Spirits", I have to go with the slower, aforementioned floating tunes, that really stand out on this album. The psychedelic moods and melodic riffs of "Sky Is The Dream" are probably the best example to sum up Headquake's sound...more







Greenleaf - Trails & Passes


Time and time again you just know what you're gonna get when a new new Greenleaf album is on it's way. "Trails & Passes" shows that same stoner sound and that same energy that makes the swedish band so special. The heavy blues licks and raw vocals put a nice vibe in their straight rock sound...more








Hydromedusa - Debut 7"


Now that the Australian heavy rockers of Hydromedusa have found a new home for their sounds in Major Crimes Records, they instantly put a little taste of their sound on vinyl. Though it's just a two track record the result is still impressing. There is something very heavy and fierce in their music while at the same time you can hear a certain psychedelic mood. "Suspects" and "Faceless" probably have enough potential and energy to destroy a huge number of full length rock records you might have listened to this year...more









Sioux - The One And The Many


Portland's Sioux released a stunning sludge/stoner record in "The One And The Many" earlier this year. This one has been on my list for quite a while and now that I'm actually posting it, it seems like the band is about to split up... well guys, maybe take this as an encouragement to rethink your decision. Anyway, the first thing you will notice listening to this album is its bold approach to heavy riffs and slow stomping rhythms. Tracks like "Faithless" are the perfect example of how easy songwriting can be if you just put the right effort in the way you execute...more





 

Mt. Mountain - EP


Mt. Mountain is a five piece rock band from Perth that will take you on an intense psychedelic trip. Combining interesting moods with a floating blues character this group really creates an indivdual approach to the rock genre. Their latest release which is plainly entitled "EP" features five excellent tracks. From the start this record knows how to impresss with a kind of mood that will be your best friend while relaxing or a late night's drive. Sometimes you might even miss the transitions from one song to another on this trip. While other records are about special moments this one is one special moment in itself, stretching over 25 minutes with psychedelic guitars, slow rhythms and soothing vocals...more

Donnerstag, 18. Dezember 2014

Mos Eisley Music's Compilations 2014



Browse through a list of some great compilations that were posted on the blog this year. There is no intention behind the particular order in which the records appear.





Spiritual Jazz Vol. 5: The World 
(Jazzman Records)

What can you say about Jazzman Record's Spiritual Jazz series? Time and time again it proved to be one of the best compilation series out there and volume five is raising the bar yet again. The simple title "The World" displays the various roots of these rare jazz pieces, which have almost never seen a reissue. Jazzman's digging brigade worked their way through tons of records from all over the world. The result is a collection of deep jazz tunes from south America, Japan, eastern Europe and various other places. The main focus is on tracks from 1961-1979, a time in which jazz played a crucial role in the contemporary music scene, unlike today. The sounds on Spiritual Jazz 5 show interesting rhyhtmic approaches and always know how to create a very own atmosphere...more









Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul and Psych From Peru's Radical Decade
(Tigers Milk Records)

In one of the best Compilations of the last years, Tiger's Milk Records' "Peru Maravilloso" already took us on a fascinating journey through Peru's rich sounds. Even though its focus was on latin and cumbia vibes you could still hear some decisive psychedelic rock elements in those tunes - the new and upcoming Compilation "Peru Bravo" is setting its focus directly at those sounds while it celebrates Peru's 60's decade. In doing so this sampler will take you to another trip through the country's musical history which is not structured by the search for exotic sounds but for original and honest tracks recorded in a radical decade. Elements of Funk, Soul and Rock blend with latin rhythms and instrumentation in an exciting and raw sound you will only find on "Peru Bravo"...more








Native North America: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985
(Light In The Attic Records)

There is no doubt that Light In The Attic Records releases some of the best compilations out there - just take the their Stax selection or the Country Funk series as an example. The latest project focusses on North American records from the 1966-1985 period. Kevin “Sipreano” Howes is the man who traveled and collected these 34 records for about 15 years for this excellent sampler. A lot of the tunes you will hear on this one never made it out of their local communities. Various genres like folk, country, rock and other native sounds make this record not only a documentation of a country's music history but also some great melodies, melancholic moods and original rock music....more 










Brainsqueeze Vol. 2: Have You Seen My Mind
(Tankcrimes Records)

 It's part two of Tankcrimes' Brainsqueeze compilation series and as you can probably guess, this one is pretty heavy and pretty awesome. Artists like The Shrine, Iron Reagan, Kicker, Fucked Up, Impaled, Ghoul and many more make this selection one of the best you might get in this genre - and it's all for free. From brutal metal sounds to high speed punk blokes, you will find it all right here...more









Let’s Boogaloo vol​.​6. Explosive Northern soul, Deep funk and Dancefloor Jazz en El Barrio 
(Record Kicks)

On this incredible collection of latin flavoured tracks assembled by Dean Rudland you will hear various excursions of the appreciated boogaloo sound. Funk, Soul, Jazz and more genres can't resist the characteristic grooves and positive moods, showcased on this one by artists like Los Africanos, Machito & His Orchestra, The Nitty Sextet or Bobby Marin...more








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Dienstag, 16. Dezember 2014

Ross McHenry - Prayers EP


As some kind of an early christmas present First Word Records and Ross McHenry release the 4 track "Prayers" EP by the Shaolin Afronauts mastermind.

This EP documents McHenry's early footsteps of his solo project which recently turned out to him releasing his great debut album "Distant Oceans". The tracks you can hear on this one were recorded a few years ago and show some versions of songs that finally ended up on the record. Thus this EP features his characteristic intense moods and grooving jazz sounds that you might already know. Still it is interesting to listen some of the tracks in their rough form and the best thing about it - it's for free.

Get the stream or free download on Bandcamp.

Montag, 15. Dezember 2014

MKV & Concept - Dreams & Reality


"Dreams & Reality" is the new album by rapper MKV and New Zealand producer Concept. The record features some great and intense hip hop tracks with well produced beats and lyrics dealing with the difficulties of chasing your dreams.

Besides the serious character of these tunes you will find some soulful music created by the pencil of a talented MC and the beats of a great beatmaker. This traditional hip hop approach fuels these 8 tracks with life and puts an honest and positive vibe into the songs. The Opener "Dreams & Reality" or the emotional "Move On" are perfect examples for the individual sounds by MKV & Concept. You will also find some nice instrumental sections with that same laid back attitude and nice moods.

Get the full stream and free download on Bandcamp.

Mittwoch, 10. Dezember 2014

Heavy Necker - Reptile Kings


If you're looking for some heavy blues look no further - Heavy Necker from Massachusetts are playing a lethal combination of riffs and blues jams on their new "Reptile Kings" EP.

The release features 4 tracks that are as straight forward as you could wish for. The gritty and raw sound of the dynamic trio is highlighted by some dirty vocals that perfectly blend into the style of the band. While tunes like "Memento Mori" feature some stomping rock rhythms you can also find some intense grooves in a song like "Reptile King". This EP really got the full package of what you could expect from a good and heavy blues record.

Get the full stream and free download on Bandcamp.